College of Medicine

February 15, 2024

Michael and Paula Jennings Pledge $2 Million to Establish Endowed Chair and Endowed Scholarship

Andrew Vogler


LITTLE ROCK — Michael L. Jennings, Ph.D., and Paula M. Jennings, M.A., pledged $1 million to create the Michael and Paula Jennings Endowed Chair in Physiology in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine’s Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, and $1 million in additional support for the Dr. Michael and…

February 6, 2024

UAMS Research Team Discovers Potential Alzheimer’s Drug

David Robinson

UAMS' Sue Griffin, Ph.D., and Meenakshisundaram, Balasubramaniam, Ph.D., led the discovery of the potential Alzheimer's drug for people with the inherited Alzheimer's gene.

LITTLE ROCK — A potential new drug to prevent Alzheimer’s disease in people with the so-called Alzheimer’s gene has been discovered by a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research team led by Sue Griffin, Ph.D. The findings were published Jan. 8 in Communications Biology and include discoveries of a druggable target and a…

January 30, 2024

Teenage Researcher Leads UAMS Parkinson’s Study Published in Scientific Reports

David Robinson

Anu Iyer began working on the machine learning Parkinson's disease study at UAMS as a high school student.

LITTLE ROCK — Eighteen-year-old Anu Iyer, the recent Little Rock Central High School graduate and machine-learning sensation collaborating with a University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) research team, is the lead author on a publication in Scientific Reports, part of the Nature portfolio journals. She was joined as co-first author by UAMS’ Aaron Kemp,…

January 29, 2024

UAMS Kidney, Liver Transplant Programs Again Rated Among Best in Nation

Linda Satter

Burdine, second from left, at the Helena-West Helena satellite transplant clinic.

LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ (UAMS) kidney and liver transplant programs have again received some of the highest ratings in the country in a report comparing transplant programs nationwide. A January report by the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) shows that both solid-organ programs scored five out of five…

January 25, 2024

UAMS Faculty, Staff Members Recognized for Excellence in Mentoring

Chris Carmody

Robert A. Winn, M.D., director and Lipman chair in oncology at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center in Richmond, Virginia, gives a presentation as part of the Excellence in Mentoring Awards and the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute’s Grand Rounds leadership series.

UAMS honored nine faculty and staff members during a Jan. 17 ceremony that acknowledged their commitment to the mentorship of colleagues and students. 

January 16, 2024

WIC Use Decreased During and After COVID-19

David Wise

Woman picking out fresh vegetables in a market

LITTLE ROCK — Researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) found significant declines in WIC participation during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The researchers — led by student-researcher and UAMS College of Medicine student Savannah Busch — measured changes in…

January 4, 2024

Bala Simon, M.D., Dr.PH., to Serve in Leadership Role for National Organization

Kev' Moye

B. Simon

Bala Simon, M.D., Dr.PH., associate professor for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), is serving as president of the board of directors for the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD). Simon — who has teaching and clinical appointments in the UAMS colleges of Public Health and Medicine — is serving a one-year…

January 3, 2024

Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D., MBA, Receives Award for Humanitarian Efforts

Chris Carmody

Gloria Richard-Davis (front right), M.D., MBA, stands with UAMS students and employees during Just Communities of Arkansas’ 59th annual Humanitarian Awards Celebration.

Gloria Richard-Davis, M.D., MBA, professor of obstetrics and gynecology in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, recently received an award from Just Communities of Arkansas for her efforts to build inclusive and equitable communities. Richard-Davis was one of three women honored during the social justice organization’s 59th annual Humanitarian Awards…

December 26, 2023

UAMS’ Robert Reis, Ph.D., Receives Award from International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences

Chris Carmody

Robert J. Shmookler Reis, Ph.D.

The International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences honored Robert J. Shmookler Reis, Ph.D., a professor and researcher in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine, with an award that recognizes advancements in clinical science. Reis received the Jawahar (Jay) Mehta Annual Award for Clinical Scientist during the organization’s North American Section conference…

December 14, 2023

UAMS Researchers to Develop, Test PTSD Treatments for Incarcerated Individuals with Opioid Use Disorder

Kev' Moye


LITTLE ROCK — A research team from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will develop and test new approaches to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) screening and treatment among incarcerated individuals who are eligible for opioid use disorder (OUD) services. The study, “Developing and Testing Innovative Care Pathways for Screening and Treatment of OUD/PTSD…

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